Pet Parasite Prevention for Better Quality Lives
Parasite prevention does more than keep nasty pests away from your pet, it also spares them the chance of contracting dangerous diseases. Consistent parasite prevention is the only way to ensure your pet is fully protected—that means applications through the winter, too! At St. Paul Pet Hospital in Highland Park, we encourage yearly pet parasite prevention and are here to help you decide on the right preventative for you and your companion.
Protection from Fleas and Ticks
You’ve likely heard of fleas and ticks before. These blood-sucking pests are more than troublesome—they can be deadly. Fleas can carry Bartonella, cause dermatitis, and even transmit tapeworms to your pet. Ticks, on the other hand, can transmit several tick-borne illnesses including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis.
To prevent these pests from infecting your pet, there are several effective flea and tick preventatives to choose from including:
In contrast to fleas and ticks, heartworms are internal parasites that reside in your pet’s heart and blood vessels of the lungs. They enter your pet’s bloodstream through the bite of an infected mosquito. Once the larvae reach your heart and lungs, they stay there to grow and multiply, which can cause serious damage to your pet’s organs. Heartworm disease is very costly and risky to treat in dogs and for cats, there is no cure. Prevention is essential!
Heartworm preventatives to choose from include:
- Trifexis (dogs only)
- Interceptor (dogs only)
- Sentinel (dogs only)
- Revolution (cats only)
Schedule a Wellness Visit
Your pet’ annual wellness exam is the perfect time to talk about parasite prevention. We can renew your pet’s current prescription or we can talk about different options for them. Schedule an exam today!